For many of us “space” is an unfamiliar part of our life. Finding a space that is unoccupied by someone or something is a challenge around us or within us. I sometimes find leaving a space for silence is uncomfortable and difficult to do in conversation. Maintaining space in my teaching, in my practice and in my daily life also often poses a challenge for me. In a generation when so many opportunities exist to fill the space of our lives from movies, hobbies, events, computers, connecting with loved ones etc., it is easy to forget that nothing IS something.
Space has a very important value. In yoga we create inner space with such practices as “pratiyahara”- withdraw of the senses, and “dhyana”- meditaion. In the silence of a space we can hear our truest thoughts, without distraction we feel our truest feelings. A scary put off for some, and an attractive draw for others, but a necessary experience for everyone of us to truly connect with ourselves.
Many opportunities to create space exist. One is at Shizen studio in one of our various kinds of yoga classes. Another is in your own home, just sitting for a few minutes in the quiet of an empty room, or maybe in a nearby park. You may even find just closing your eyes and being aware of your breath for a few minutes somewhere in line at the bank, or on the train works. I encourage you to find some space in your life daily this week. What a world of difference a little space makes.